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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 3.8.11 25 

Well, I cast 2 more votes in favor of a Coeur d'Alene School District levy, which keeps my string alive of never voting against a local levy or bond. Dunno how much good it's going to do because voters seem to be in a mood…

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Parting Shot -- 3.8.11

Maskers with the Knight of Revelry tosses beads to the crowds gathered on Government Street in Mobile, Ala., earlier today, for the pre-Lenten blowout along the Gulf Coast called Fat Tuesday. (AP Photo/Press-Register, John David Mercer)

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Jesse: Out, Out, Vile Broccoli 10 

On his Facebook wall, SR photog Jesse Tinsley writes: "I have been eating a lot of steamed broccoli lately. What's your favorite topping that's heart healthy? I like sweet chili sauce, but I'm getting tired of it." To which a FBF responds: "Olive oil and…

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Rumorama

From We Love CDA Facebook: "Found out today that Bruttles in the CdA Plaza Shops will be closing at the end of the month. You will still be able to get their candies here in CdA at Possiblities on Sherman. Word on the street is…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 3.8.11

5:47 p.m. Ace Hardware in Plummer reports catching a shoplifter who's being cooperative. 5:44 p.m. A man in a gray Pontiac is unwanted at home on Ridge & Cloverleaf. 5:23 p.m. Woman reports a prowler is trying to force way into home @ 706 W.…

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PM Headlines -- 3.8.11

Joshua Boyer of Billings, Mont. stands in front of a poster with a fish he caught on Feb. 28. Boyer, 7, has the Montana State record walleye for his age group. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, David Grubbs) Idaho's Ulurunnife fits in nicely/Dave Trimmer, SR Medicaid hearing…

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APhoto Of The Day -- 3.8.11 

Sumo wrestler ozeki Baruto gives a sumo lesson to a child in Osaka, central Japan, Saturday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) Top Cutlines: 1. The Addiction Channel unveils its new show “One and a Half Men” in which Charlie Sheen’s remorseful inner child…

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How Is The Levy Vote Going? 

I'm about to head to my polls today to vote in the Coeur d'Alene School District levy. I've heard from a coupla people that the turnout has been light so far. Feel free to use this thread to report how things are going at your…

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Bob Wire: Why Did God Make Fritos? 

There’s a silent threat lurking in millions of American households, and you may be the next victim of its cruel attack. It’s called Bland Food, and it’s the number one weapon in the War On Sodium. No one is safe, including yours truly. I was…

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UW Suspends Player For Tournament 

Item: UW basketball player Venoy Overton charged with furnishing alcohol to minor/Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times More Info: The charge stems from a Jan. 8 incident when Overton allegedly met up with two 16-year-old girls and took them to his sister's apartment in South Seattle. A…

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Drunk Wields 'Braveheart' Sword 12 

Authorities have arrested a 27-year-old Meridian, Idaho man for felony aggravated battery after allegedly swinging a sword at several party goers Monday night. Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea of the Meridian Police Department says officers were called to an apartment complex on Hope Arms Lane in…

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Medicaid Hearing Attracts Throngs 

Even as the hearing has begun this afternoon on Medicaid cuts, hundreds still are waiting in line outside to sign up to testify. The Capitol Auditorium, the state's largest hearing room, is full; some people are standing at the back; and overflow rooms are being…

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Fish Die Off Puzzles Redondo Beach 

Annette Burch gathers up dead fish in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, Tuesday. An estimated million fish turned up dead on Tuesday, puzzling authorities and triggering a cleanup effort. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Brad Graverson)

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Idaho Senate OKs Anti-Bullying Bill 

Public school bullies could face mandatory punishment under legislation approved by the Idaho Senate Tuesday. The plan would also offer more training to teachers and other school staff about how to prevent bullying, intimidation and harassment. It also says staff are expected to break up…

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Starbucks @ 40 Changes Logo

Happy birthday, Starbucks. How does 40 feel so far? It certainly looks different, with the iconic Starbucks logo debuting a new face to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. If you’ve bought coffee at a Starbucks today, you might have already noticed: Gone are the block…

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Missoula Fireman Keeps Stairs Title 

A Missoula firefighter has won a stairclimbing competition in Seattle for the third straight year. The Missoulian reports Missoula Rural Fire's Kory Burgess won the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb Sunday by running up 69 flights of stairs in 10 minutes, 53.78 seconds, breaking the record he…

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INW Headlines -- 3.8.11

Sometimes you get a feeling someone is watching you. Imagine working under the gaze of an eagle-eyed supervisor. Allen Messick of K&G Construction Co. of Lewiston installs structural steel for windows to second-floor apartments under construction at 513 Main St. in Lewiston on Monday. (Lewiston…

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High Noon: Working Through Grief 

I'm not too certain how the experts determine the time-frames for such a process; that seems a bit too scientific for a dad and a mom who are shocked by "the phone call", stymied by the immediate funeral preparations and serrated by the ultimate receiving…

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House OKs Luna Ed 'Reform' 48-22 45 

High School students protest against Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education reform bills on Third Street in Moscow on Tuesday. About 36 high school students from Troy, Kendrick and Deary participated in the protest. (Moscow Pullman Daily News photo: Geoff Crimmins) The…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 3.8.11 

11:47 p.m. Road crew operator in Spirit Lake area reports: "So far nothing's sticking" re: current snowfall. Also, he reports to colleague: "I'm sitting back waiting for something to happen." 11:39 p.m. Dispatcher reports lights @ 7th & Sherman are still malfunctioning and drivers are…

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KXLY, 'Beavis' Part Company

Apparently, KXLYKVNI and Chris "Beavis" Siemers have parted company. On his Facebook page, Chris describes his 11-plus years "at the mighty Rock 94 1/2!!" He goes on to say: "Anyone in the biz knows how rare it is for a station to be around that…

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Because You Asked ... 10 

A long time berrypicker blurker asks: "Often you use the word 'Solons' such as in the headline, "Idaho Solons Boost Prison Funding." Recognizing that there is a large amount of irony implicit in the title, I have questions about the small portion of your use…

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Mardi Gras Par-TEE? 

Lee Chance laughs as he shows off his collection of beads that he caught during the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Question: Are there any Mardi Gras celebrations in North Idaho?

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Hucks Poll: No Preferential Treatment 

Monday Poll: 115 of 149 respondents (77.2%) said Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho Judicial Council shouldn't give preferential treatment to women in making their judicial appointments, although Idaho ranks last in the nation in the number of women who are judges. 32 of 149…

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Nonini Celebrates Luna Ed 'Reform' 30 

House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, has opened debate on SB 1108, noting that House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Gov. Butch Otter are listed as co-sponsors of the bill. He called it a “hallmark” piece of legislation, and said, “For too long school boards…

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.